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Writers' Plot Thickens Into Auction for Free Speech

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Web

Now's your chance to die in a Stephen King novel or be portrayed "in a good light" in the next thriller from John Grisham -- while championing the cause of free speech.

ATI to Cut Prices on X850 Series

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An insider close to one of ATI's board partners disclosed that ATI is expected to cut prices on its X850XT graphics adapter to compete against NVIDIA's recently announced 7800GT.

Microsoft to profit from iPod

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Microsoft

Microsoft`s Bill Gates could make a killing off of rival Apple Computer`s iPod, to the tune of $10 per device.

Experimental Hybrid Cars Get Up to 250 Mpg

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Sci/Tech

Politicians and automakers say a car that can both reduce greenhouse gases and free America from its reliance on foreign oil is years or even decades away. Ron Gremban says such a car is parked in his garage.

Austrumi 0.9.7 Released

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In case you didn't know, Austrumi is a business card size (50MB) bootable Live CD Linux distribution based on 'Slackware GNU Linux' using'Blin' initialisation scripts. I looked at version 0.9.5 back in May and found it to be a great little mini distro. At that time it had wonderful fonts and amazing speed to add enjoyment to using the many apps included in that teny tiny 48mb. Version 0.9.7 was released a coupla days ago and I wanted to see what was new.

Whoops! Firefox lost market share in July to IE

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Moz/FF

Microsoft's Internet Explorer halted the steady market share advance of The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser in July, a Web site monitoring company announced Friday.

Flat-screen prices may be nearing sweet spot

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Hardware

Prices for flat panels have finally begun to tumble -- by as much as 35 percent in the past year -- as soaring demand for the two leading flat-panel technologies, plasma and liquid crystal display, or LCD, attracts a host of new competitors.

U.S. cybersecurity called `alarming`

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Security

The United States` information technology infrastructure is "highly vulnerable to terrorist and criminal attacks," an expert has said.

Quakecon 2005 - Day 2

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Gaming

Day two of Quakecon has been been an eventful one for us as we got inside looks at Doom the movie, met with vendors, toured the booths, and saw the tournaments bring out the real competition.

Even Geeks Need a Breather

How many couples confuse technology burnout with relationship burnout? You start projecting the anti-IM sentiment onto the person on the other end of the dialog. Or you resent the friend calling you when you suddenly can't stand the sound of the polyphonic ring tone you paid $2 for.

Music Industry Worried About CD Burning

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Music copied onto blank recordable CDs is becoming a bigger threat to the bottom line of record stores and music labels than online file-sharing, the head of the recording industry's trade group said Friday.

Video games and aggression not linked

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Gaming

A U.S. study found that players` "robust exposure" to a highly violent online game did not cause any substantial real-world aggression.

Quake III Source to be GPL'ed

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Gaming

In his QuakeCon 2005 keynote, John Carmack revealed that after some delays id is finally ready to release the complete Quake III source code for use under the terms of the GPL.

Google Halts Scanning of Copyrighted Books

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Web

Stung by a publishing industry backlash, Google Inc. has halted its efforts to scan copyrighted books from some of the nation's largest university libraries so the material can be indexed in its leading Internet search engine.

DesktopBSD: A Step Towards BSD on the Desktop

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KDE
BSD

In developing an easy to use desktop operating system, DesktopBSD has chosen to use KDE. Screenshots showing the desktop tools in action are available.

Quakecon 2005 id Software Keynote Coverage: Carmack Talks

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Gaming

It is another hot August in Texas, and that means Quakecon. The highlight is always the id presentation topped off with programmer and rocketeer extraordinaire John Carmack's chat with the audience.

Debian start-up seeks new funding

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Linux

Progeny, a start-up seeking to commercialize the Debian version of Linux, is on the prowl for new funding, a company co-founder has confirmed.

Glitch on Verizon Wireless Web Site Left Data at Risk

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Security

Verizon Wireless said yesterday that computer programming flaws in its online billing system could have allowed customers to view account information belonging to other customers, probably exposing millions of people.

GPL Draft Faces Challenges, Linux Insiders Warn

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OSS

Supporters of the next GNU General Public License are girding for an onslaught of comment and controversy, but they remain confident that the open-source community will survive and be made stronger for the effort.

Watching Porn /will/ make you go Blind

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Researchers have finally found evidence for what good Catholic boys have known all along - erotic images make you go blind.

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